To anyone even remotely familiar with Nokia's history, this tidbit
won't come as a surprise
at all. In fact, we've been hearing "Linux" and "Nokia" in the same sentence for years
. At Nokia World in Barcelona -- the same place where the almighty N97
(pictured) was unveiled -- Ukko Lappalainen, vice president at Nokia's markets unit, informed Reuters
that "in the longer perspective, Linux will become a serious alternative for our high-end phones." Potentially more interesting was his followup line: "I don't see anything in Android which would make it better than Linux maemo
." Quite frankly, we'd be entirely more interested if this was some revolutionary epiphany, but it's basically just more of the same song and dance. Now, if an N98 pops out next month with a freakishly awesome and nimble mobile variant of Ubuntu, well -- that's a horse of a different color.